Thieves steal mobility scooter from 'heartbroken' great-grandmother in Sheffield

Christine and Daz outside her garden shed from where the mobility scooter was stolen
Christine and Daz outside her garden shed from where the mobility scooter was stolen
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A fundraising appeal has been launched to replace a mobility scooter stolen from a great-grandmother in Sheffield.

Thieves broke into 78-year-old Christine Launders' garden shed in High Wincobank on Sunday (April 23) night and took the vehicle, leaving her 'heartbroken'.

Not only does Christine, who has severe asthma, arthritis and has undergone a double heart-bypass, rely on the scooter to do her shopping.

She also uses the vehicle to accompany an 86-year-old neighbour, who she says is very frail and afraid to leave the house alone, on trips around the park.

"It's doubly upsetting because I can't do my shopping and I'm not able to help my friend who relies on me," said Christine, who has eight children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

"It's terrible that someone could take something like this off someone who really needs it. They've taken my lifeline away. It's heartbreaking."

Christine's friend Daz Gilbert, who is also disabled and lives down the road from her, is seeking to raise £1,000 to replace the scooter and has appealed for donations on his JustGiving page.

He said Christine had looked after him at the Chancet Wood respite centre when he was a boy and he wanted to do something to repay the former social worker all these years later.

"I was really gutted for her when I heard what had happened because her wheels are her legs," he said.

"She's a dear friend and she looked after me as a kid, so I owe a lot to her. It would be good to give something back in recognition of all those years she helped me."

You can donate at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/replacestolenmobilityscooter.

Anyone with information about the theft should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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